Rainbow Militia is a theatrical production and entertainment company that specializes in creating unconventional events through incredible collaborations.
Amber Blais is the Producing Director for Rainbow Militia and dreams of one day growing wings and learning how to fly. A Colorado native, she has worked in event planning and production, PR, and marketing for non-profits throughout Colorado for over 15 years and has worked hard to showcase the incredible talent of Denver artists for over 8. She has been practicing the circus arts for as long as she can remember, with fabric as her favorite apparatus and tarot as her favorite thing to do on the ground. She has trained at Frequent Flyers Productions Aerial Program in Boulder, CO, is aerial teacher certified (for those of you curious about trying it yourselves), and has performed and taught all over the country. She thrives most when she is able to perform with live musicians. One of her favorite collaborations was with Chimney Choir at the Levitt Pavilion in a space themed circus extravaganza.
Skills: Aerial Silks, Aerial Duo, Aerial Bartending, Rope & Harness, Invented Apparatus, Tarot, Rock Climbing, & over 20 years of theater experience.
Photo by Nina Reed Photography
Community Organizer, Wagon Coordinator
Toni Baca is a mover, shaker and community coordinator! Born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado, even with a love for adventure and travel, she will always call Colorado home. In 2012, Toni was introduced to Circus Arts in Costa Rica and in practicing and teaching circus arts to an underserved community, she ignited a lifelong passion that she strives to share with others. After graduating from CU Denver with a B.A. in Spanish and Business, Toni is now a Spanish Interpreter and Translator, an aerialist, a juggler and an overall movement enthusiast. In 2018, she founded Moving With Joy LLC to spearhead, implement, and coordinate community events and intentional gatherings. Toni engages in activism by serving her community through volunteering, teaching, and creatively holding space for others. She is a firm believer that a combination of movement, laughter, and freedom of expression are the best forms of healing. You can catch her developing her circus career at MOTH Contemporary Circus Center, teaching aerial sling at Tease Studio Denver, teaching English as a Second Language in Jefferson County, or bouncing around Colorado connecting with her community.
Hannah is a theatrical lighting designer and stage manager who has worked all over the country, from New York to Las Vegas, from community theater to regional. She believes art happens in the in-between, the spaces of overlap and discomfort. Her desire to explore the forgotten, the ignored, the moments and people and places that don’t quite fit, has led her into mixed genre and unconventional storytelling. She seeks to make art that tells stories we don’t often get to hear, in ways that open us and our world to new possibilities.
Hannah currently is the Production Stage Manager/Lighting Director at The Clocktower Cabaret. You can find her Lighting and Stage Managing circus, drag, and burlesque, as well as teaching Master Classes in “Tech Basics for Performers” and “Behind Those Scenes”. BFA/Theater - NYU, MFA/Lighting Design - UNLV, Cert. in Technical Theater/Electrics - Yale School of Drama.
Actor, Aerialist, Screenwriter
IVAN, A POET
Stephen Brackett was born and raised in Denver, Colorado where he regularly interfaces between the music/arts, grassroots movements, and education sectors. As a member of Flobots, he is also a co-founder of the NOENEMIES project, which works within communities to explore the power of protest music, and Youth On Record, a Denver organization that today hosts a state-of-the-art Youth Media Studio and serves at-risk youths with music programs, for-credit classes, and more. Stephen finds bliss in tricksterism, giant toppling, spitting hot fire and clawhammer banjo. He is constantly provoked by Ephesians 6:12.
Circus Artist, Actor
TI TALISIN, A WHITE FOOTED FERRET
Meri is a circus artist, competitive pole dancer, and general weirdo from Boulder, Colorado and is known for creating unique and innovative apparatus-based performance work. Meri attended and graduated from the Frequent Flyers professional training program in aerial dance in 2015 and has since become a regular performer with Mesmerie Entertainment as well as The Phantom Circus in Denver. She is also a Finding Your Freestyle brand ambassador, a computer science undergrad at CU Boulder, and an instructor at Vertical Fusion.
Musician, Composer, Actor
BORIS, THE BUTTERFLY
Nicholas Caputo (finnocitta) is a folk inspired musician and performance artist situated in Denver, Co. With an eclectic background founded on the traditions of renegade street performance, world music, punk rock, DIY touring, and accordion dances, Nicholas brings an imaginative and exciting perspective to the stage or pedestrian places. Currently working as associate director and sound designer of Control Group productions’ next immersive theater piece, he is invested in producing engaging and intimate performances beyond the proscenium that confront the roles we play in everyday life and the choices we make in developing our own character.
Circus Artist, Actor
GREGOR, A VAZILA SPIRIT
Bryan was born both whimsical and bloodthirsty. Naturally this dichotomy led to a career in the circus. It began by learning to juggle from Jon Wee of the Passing Zone, and quickly escalated to acrobatics, stunt work, acting, dance, and worst of all, street theatre. By the time he received his Bachelor’s degree for Theatre Performance from Colorado State University, there was no turning back. He was committed to a life of circus. He has now performed in a plethora of circus shows with Circus Foundry, MOTH Circus, Phantom Circus, Borillo Entertainment, even toured with a professional jousting company for a while, and is the second-in-command at Knights of the Tempest. Despise him if you must, but he will continue to find occasion to bewilder audiences far and wide.
Circus Artist, Actor
VASYA, A RUSALKA | EXTRA
Colleen is a social worker by day and an aerialist by night living and working in Denver, Colorado. She recently moved to Denver in 2018 with her partner from their home state of Michigan. In addition to being an aerialist she is a yogi, climber, and overall outdoor enthusiast.
Colleenfell in love with circus in 2013 while living in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her first passion was aerial silks; which will always hold a special place in her heart. Since then she has continued to grow and expand her circus skills. Her training has extended to duo aerial silks, standing acrobatics, duo lyra, and most recently she has taken an interest in dance trapeze and hand balancing. She has worked and performed for groups in Michigan including The KnottyBits Sideshow and Ring of Steel. Since moving to Denver, her and her partner have continued to enhance their circus practice and skill set.
Circus Performer, Actor
OLEG, A DOMOVOI
Anthony's passion for circus began while in school for engineering where he used juggling as a way to relax and escape the stress of class. In late 2016, this led him to join a professional circus training program and upon graduation, he and his partner moved to Las Vegas to improve their skills. Not long after moving to Vegas, he and his partner were hired as a professional acrobats for Royal Caribbean International, where they traveled the seas for over a year before returning to Denver. Since then, he has worked to co-found the Circus Foundry and has collaborated with Rainbow Militia and other local artists in various shows. He's excited to bring his unique talents to Zabiti and share them with all of you.
Circus Performer, Actor
ALEKSI, A LESHII
Theatre has been a part of him his whole life. From being on stage to backstage, he has done it all. He went to a performing arts high school in Las Vegas where he emphasized in stage acting. After graduating in 2007, he moved to Colorado and went to the University of Northern Colorado and Majored in technological theatre with an emphasis in costume design and technology. In 2011, he graduated and was offered a costume assistant job in Florida for Walt Disney world. While working in a high energy and demanding position, he found a gym that offered aerial arts and feel in love with it. He spent a majority of his free time training and becoming better as an aerialist while working for Disney as well as Universal Orlando as a stunt man. Then after three years working at Disney, he decided that he wanted to switch from costumes to character. In 2015 he became a character performer for Disney and quickly gained many rolls and parts in very large Disney productions. While doing so, he was apart of a local aerial performing group call suspended Artestry and performed a variety of aerial acts. That journey then pushed him towards another amazing local troop called Phantasmigoria where he did not only aerial pieces but also acting and atmosphere performances for conventions and private parties. After some thought, he and his wife decided that it would be best to move back to Colorado to be closer to family.
Justin Gitlin (Cacheflowe)
Immersive Tech Designer
Justin Gitlin, a.k.a. Cacheflowe (/ˈkaSH ˌflō/), is an independent creative coder, musician and multimedia artist based in Denver, Colorado, USA. His disciplines have increasingly intertwined after spending two decades in parallel worlds of software development, music and multimedia production. Justin has built video games, interactive installations, web sites and mobile apps for clients like Nike, Google, and the Denver Art Museum. His work has been covered by major media outlets like NPR, Buzzfeed, and Communication Arts Magazine, and has received awards from the FWA, Awwwards and The One Club, among others. As a genre-crossing musician, Cacheflowe has released music and shared the stage with innovative artists like Amon Tobin, Ulrich Schnauss, DJ Olive, Machinedrum, Dizzee Rascal and Nels Cline. As a visual artist, Justin creates algorithmic designs for print, apparel, physical products, music videos, art installations and brand design. His visual collaborations have been shown at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Dateline and Monkeytown 4. Justin was a co-founding partner of Mode Set, Ello, OhHeckYeah and Plastic Sound Supply.
Aerialist, Actor, Administrative Support
VASYA, A RUSALKA
Mandy is a climber, puddle-jumper, fancydancer, and all around mover. She studied contemporary dance under Mary Cochran at Barnard College and under Sarah Rudner at Sarah Lawrence College. Mandy is a transplant from NYC, where she danced with companies including SINecdoche Dance Company, The Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and SAWtooth Dancers, and appeared in works by Donna Uchizono, Jon Kinzel, and Mike Kelley. She has taught and performed aerial with Upsidown Productions, Helium Aerial Dance, and the Gowanus Circus. As a traveling teacher/performer, Mandy has been a guest of 888 Monkeys in the Bay Area, Chattanooga Aerials, and Darpana Theater in Ahmedabad, India. She has made and toured her own work as Tree Project, a collaborative site-specific climbing dance group, and has been a collaborator for Industrial Gardens in Pittsburgh and Submerge theater in NYC. Most recently, she graduated from the Frequent Flyers Professional Training Program and is thrilled to join the FFP family. She also performs locally with Control Group Productions and performance art band ShapeShifter. Mandy’s curiosities include spiral dances, in-flight physics, and dancing in unusual spaces.
ZIA, A WOLF HEROINE
Bailey Harper has been a dancer, teacher, performer, and collaborator in the professional realm for over ten years. Locally, she has danced with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Control Group Productions, and engaged in many other projects dance and art related. She holds a BA in Dance and Kinesiology from the University of Alabama and has traveled across the United States, Europe, and Israel to dance and learn with many different companies and artists. Currently, Bailey is Associate Director, Marketing Director, and Performer for Control Group Productions, an artist in residence at Invisible City, and is in continual collaboration for her project Other Rooms, a musical dance duo with her partner Nicholas Caputo that brings art into unexpected spaces. All the while fulfilling her dream to bring dance out of the proscenium and into the room with you.
Music Director, Musician, Composer
DIMA, A BOREAL TOAD
Kevin is a self taught multi-instrumentalist, producer, songwriter and a lifelong explorer of sound and words. He spent most his 20's touring the the Deep South with a reckless string band and absorbed many of the American folk traditions born there. He is a founding member of Chimney Choir and also records music under the name Pineross. Most of his studies are now spent in the realm of electronics and sampling where he believes the possibilities of music are more endless than ever. When not performing or teaching, you can usually find Kevin in a hammock somewhere off of 285 searching for Yetis.
Circus Artist, Actor
NEPRA, A QUEEN
Bethel Lindsley is a Colorado Native growing up in Evergreen, she has been doing acrobatics for over 20 years. She was highly competitive in the USA Junior Olympic program for 13 years where she was an accomplished level 10 artistic gymnast. After her club gymnastic career she went to Colorado State University where she created and was captain of the CSU Club Gymnastic Team that was then ranked 7th in the Nation. She graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Nutrition and Fitness. During college she was introduced to the world of circus and performing and fell in love with the stage. After graduation she signed her first acrobatic contract where she performed for a year with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line on the biggest ship in the world The Allure of the Seas. Since then she has worked in small and large shows around the world. She spent 2 years in Wuhan, China working for Franco Dragone as a member of the creation cast of The Han Show where she was a speciality performer. She recently returned from her second contract with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines but this time on The Oasis of the Seas where she was the featured performer and the aerial coordinator. She has worked for Feld Entertainment on the largest stunt show in the world Marvel Universe Live bringing superheros to life. Currently she is the Founder/ Owner of CIrcus Foundry a touring ensemble contemporary circus company based out of Denver as well as the Acrobatic Captain for the Phantom Circus. She is a generalist and has a wide skill range in several different disciplines such as: trampoline, tumbling, partner acrobatics, hand balancing, duo/solo aerial, diving, flyboard, dance and russian swing.
Circus Performer | Actor
ANYA, A TINKER
Jenn was originally born and raised in Brazil where she learned to Samba and was always very active and involved in various athletic activities including basketball and martial arts. She moved to Florida at 16 years of age. Currently during the day Jenn knocks people out regularly so they don't remember or feel anything during surgical procedures but spends a significant portion of her free time doing circus related activities. Jenn didn't know much about aerial arts until she ran across a Groupon for a flying trapeze experience Thanksgiving weekend of 2016. She thought it would just be a fun weekend activity but she was immediately hooked! Jenn started training silks and trapeze regularly at Gainesville Circus Center and eventually moved to Denver August 2017 where she found a wonderful circus community and continued her favorite hobby.
Lindsay Pierce is a performer and choreographer currently based in Denver, CO. Her creative work focuses on ways in which edges can soften and blur with regards to people and spaces.
Lindsay has performed with Control Group Productions, The Cabiri (Seattle), First Person Travel (San Francisco), Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company (Kansas City), Ballet Tennessee, and in the works of Michelle Ellsworth, Susan Marshall, and Paula Weber among others. Lindsay is a founding member of Kikimora Collective (Atlanta) and violet | mire. In 2016 she appeared in the immersive theater production Sweet & Lucky, which was created by Third Rail Projects and presented by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Off-Center. Lindsay holds a Masters of Fine Arts in dance performance and choreography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Lindsay loves site-specific and immersive work and has performed in many locations including a garage filled with fog, an antique store where nothing was for sale, below a highway underpass, a crowded bar, a park, an art gallery, a living room, a front porch, over the phone, while serving scotch, in a haunted bed & breakfast, and now in a warehouse turned into an enchanted forest with Zabiti!
Set and World Designer
One half of the dynamic duo known as the Unbuilt Library, cosmic artist, mama hen and free spirited adventurer, Andrea Pliner is used to telling fantastical stories through her found object sculptural artwork.
Erica Prather is a freelance-writer, aspiring-curmudgeon, film-maker, rage-cooker, desert rat. She has worked various positions in conservation and science education in Australia, South Korea, Iceland and Alaska. She originally hails from Wichita, Kansas.
Jessica Robblee is a co-writer, co-director, and performer for Buntport Theater for All Ages. She has performed in Drowning Girls (Arvada Center Black Box); All the Way,Lord of the Butterflies, Drag Machine (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); After the Revolution, Homebody Kabul, Rabbit Hole (Curious Theatre); Dust (Wonderbound-Curious Theatre); This (Boulder Ensemble Theatre); Gidion's Knot (Sis Tryst Productions); 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Square Product Theatre); Siren Song, Duck Duck Dupe, Trunks: a live comic book, Yesterado, Unbeweaveable, Eating Words (Buntport Theater for All Ages), and The Odyssey: A Walking Tour (Buntport Theater).
Music Director, Musician, Composer
VITOLY, AN OWL
David’s musical journey began with teenage basement albums and wound through classical piano studies, jazz studies, traditional Irish music, life as a street musician, Gypsy Swing in Galway, The Prague Fringe Festival, extensive touring in Europe and in a bio-diesel van in the US, and creative children’s theater. He is inspired by interdisciplinary collaboration, which has been a principal focus in his work as a pianist, guitarist, vocalist, arranger and composer inChimney Choir.
ANYA, A TINKER PRINCESS
Liz fell in love with aerial fabric at a traveling circus years ago, and once she took to the air, there was no turning back! Since discovering a wonderful aerial community in Colorado in 2008, she has been passionately studying, performing, teaching, and obsessing over silks, rope, lyra, and whatever weird apparatuses she can get her hands on. She was a finalist in the Aerial Fabric Acrobatics Festival in 2013, and over the past few years has performed with artists such as String Cheese Incident and Elephant Revival, and in productions such as Cirque Side of the Moon and the 1940’s ball. She’s passionate about sharing her love of aerial work, has taught in a variety of programs in Denver and Boulder over the years, and you can currently find her classes at Moth Contemporary Circus. In her spare time, Liz writes software and plots adventures with her favorite unicorn musician and their circus toddler Avi.
Tiffany Smyth creates the incredibly intricate leather masks with her company ArtsMyths.
Aerialist, Circus Performer, Actor
MARYA, A HUMAN HEROINE
Staza Stone does stuff. Swinging stuff, spiny stuff, stilt stuff, sparkle stuff... all the stuffs. She is a multi- faceted performer based out of Denver, CO. Being in the circus game for only 4, and at a mile high, she is still finding her voice. She is an aerialist, stilt walker, hula hooper, fire dancer, and clown. Coming from a musical theater background, Staza loves vaudeville and variety. She wants to use circus as a tool to unlock the imagination through story-telling. She graduated from Frequent Flyers Productions aerial dance program in 2014. Currently Staza can be found performing all over the country and teaching locally in Denver at MOTH Contemporary Circus Center as well as Denver Dance. She is also known for her short but notorious career as a shopping cart drifter in Tokyo.
Skills: Hammock, Stilts (Stilts + Aerial, Stilts + Fire), Lyra, Fire (hoop, fans, poi, palm torches, fire eating), Hooper, Aerial Silks, Rope, Trapeze, Rope & Harness, Aerial Duo, Theater, Clowning, Miming, Aerial Bartending, Invented Apparatuses, and much more!
Photo by Nina Reed Photography
Circus Artist, Actor
GREGOR, A VAZILA SPIRIT | EXTRA
Bio Coming Soon
Set and World Designer
Tom Varani is a Denver artist, innovator and explorer and the other half of the dynamic duo that makes up the Unbuilt Library.
In 2016, our mission was to develop Boulder’s first innovator’s play space, called Science Galaxy. In 2017, we traveled across the US and Europe to get inspired by leaders in the museum, tech, innovation and creative industries. While exploring what was out there, we asked local families “What do YOU want when it comes to STEAM-experiences?”. We gathered a set of specific needs and laid the foundation for The Hopper.
Families want more kid-friendly places to gather and hang-out.
Families want to actively engage their kids through deeper and more meaningful experiences.
Families value activities that provide a low-stress and enjoyable experience for everyone in the family.
In 2018, we launched The Hopper brand, and set out to become the family gathering space of the future in Boulder, Colorado!
Invisible City is a membership-based community and event production company dedicated to creating the most unique, creative, and engaging experiences imaginable. Invisible City has three goals:
CREATE… a community for outstanding individuals from all backgrounds that have a passion for exploring and embracing the unknown. We will cultivate this community by creating experiences of all types available to our members. These experiences are listed on the Member Experiences tab and are funded through suggested donations. If you are reading this, you are one of us. Welcome.
CONSULT… with individuals and organizations who want to infuse their own events with a bit more magic. Whether this is a private dinner, photo shoot, retreat, champagne brunch, product launch, happy hour, wedding, birthday celebration, fashion show, aerial demonstration, or just an excuse to have a ridiculous party, Invisible City can provide the full spectrum of event production services to make your vision a reality.
PRESERVE… the historic, serene, urban-oasis where we host many of our events and prevent our home from being torn down. How will we do this? With your help. See numbers one and two.
Martha Wirth Photography
"Photography is the story I fail to put into words."
My goal is to create for you a story. To capture the action, the love and the passion portrayed in the silence of a photograph.
In many ways, Ratio started in the punk scene back in the late 90’s. We cut our teeth by touring, playing out, creating zines, and working at labels. That DIY mindset prepared us for the challenges of creating and sharing our passions on our own terms. Over the years that energy has been channeled into brewing, learning the craft in Germany and honing our skills at some of the most respected breweries in Colorado. After moving on to successful careers in brewing, marketing, and finance; we have teamed up again for our most ambitious project yet - Ratio Beerworks, a Denver micro brewery.